Israel indicts Arab man over plans to form Islamic State terror cell



The Islamic State flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( An Israeli-Arab man was indicted Monday for his alleged links to the Islamic State terror group and his plans to orchestrate attacks in Israel.

The Shin Bet security agency and the Israel Police had arrested Anas Haj Yehiye, 35, in late January following intelligence-gathering on his suspected terrorist ties and activities. Haj Yehiye swore allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and was recruiting others for the formation of an Islamic State terror cell within Israel, according to the Shin Bet. 

In particular, the security agency said Haj Yehiye was planning attacks on a bus in Tel Aviv and against Israeli soldiers, and that he distributed instructions to potential fellow terrorist operatives on the production of explosive belts, explosive devices connected to cellphones and lethal substances such as sarin gas. Islamic State's “Detailed Guide for the Jihadist” was seized at Haj Yehiye’s home in the village of Taibe.

The Israeli State Attorney's Office filed an indictment Monday against Haj Yehiye in the Central District Court. The Shin Bet said it “views Islamic State supporters in Israel as a severe security threat, and will use all counter-terrorist and preventive means at its disposal and will with those involved to the fullest extent of the law.”

Posted on February 20, 2017 .